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What sets our publications apart is our efforts to talk to real people about what excites them in whatever endeavour they may be a part of. Sharing these stories brings to life the places, projects and events we profile.
This Norman Woods original resides in a magnificent mountain setting encompassing 750 acres with over a mile of lakefront on Kootenay Lake. Every hole is framed by soaring forests, spectacular views of the Kokanee Glacier & surrounding areas, characterized by its long driving fairways, immense rolling greens, immaculate course upkeep.
ABOUT KOKANEE SPRINGS
Kokanee Springs Resort is one of Canada’s finest championship 18 hole championship courses. This graceful track, considered by many to be the flagship of Kootenay golf courses, resides in a magnificent mountain setting on Kootenay Lake. Every hole is framed by spectacular panoramic views of the Kokanee Glacier and surrounding area.
Kokanee Springs is a Norman Woods original, characterized by its long driving fairways, immense rolling greens, immaculate course upkeep, and ability to interest and challenge golfers at all levels. After an unforgettable golfing experience, the accommodations at Kokanee Springs offer a quiet mixture of casual elegance and relaxation for those desiring mountain-style peace and tranquility. Kokanee Springs offers a relaxed environment surrounded by beautiful vistas, great amenities and friendly staff. The Resort’s 750 acres includes over a mile of lake front on Kootenay Lake, as well as natural wetlands and soaring forests
Today, 53 years after it was established, Yasodhara Ashram is an enduring and vibrant spiritual community. Set in the beautiful mountains of southeastern British Columbia, we invite people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue their self-development and discover the promise of yoga. Our purpose is to stimulate open intellectual and spiritual enquiry, supporting the potential of transformation in each person.
We are delighted to offer two retreat spaces at Yasodhara Heights, the perfect place to be surrounded by nature and take space for yourself. Built to green standards, our cabins are located in the heart of the East Shore with breathtaking views of the mountains and lake, and surrounded by forest. They are located above and off-site from the Ashram itself. We request a two-week minimum stay.
Heights Cabin 2 – Picturesque retreat cabin, built to green standards, complete with kitchen, bedroom and office space and bathroom. Stunning views of mountains and lake from inside or the front deck.
Heights Duplex – Ground floor retreat space, built to green standards, complete with kitchen, separate bedroom and bathroom. Breathtaking views of the mountains and lake from majestic deck or large windows.
The cozy cottage is at the end of a quiet no-thru road, on the shores of the sheltered Queens Bay, the warmest water in Kootenay Lake laps at this beach. The cottage is 30 minutes between Nelson and Kaslo, and just a few minutes North of the Balfour Ferry Terminal.
The fully equipped cottage has a full kitchen with fridge, stove, oven, microwave and a BBQ. There is a full bathroom with a large shower. Everything that you need will be waiting for you, including all bedding, linens and towels… if there is something more you require, just ask.
Head out and explore what the area has to offer. There are spectacular golf courses just minutes away, or soak in the mineral waters at Ainsworth Hot Springs, spelunk at Cody Caves Provincial Park, hire a fishing charter or hike, mountain bike or zip-line… so many opportunities are nearby so please ask for a “Daytrip Distance and Info sheet” to be sent to you. At the end of a day full of Kootenay style adventures, dine at any one of the excellent restaurants or pubs in the area. Then come home to peace and quiet and an evening of telling stories around your campfire on the beach.
Located on the shores of Kootenay Lake and only 4 km from Ainsworth Hotsprings. Woodbury Resort really is the “we have it all” destination. Motel, Rv, tenting, JB’s Pub and Restaurant, full service marina, country store & Laundromat, heated pool and cold beer! If you have quads, dirtbikes, mountain bikes or hiking boots bring them!
Lake front accommodations located directly across from the Ainsworth Hot Springs.
The hot springs were first visited by the Ktunaxa First Nations, who embraced the nupika wu’u or spirit waters for their healing and rejuvenating powers. Enjoy an indigenous inspired meal in the Ktunaxa Grill then retire in comfort to one of our 40 contemporary styled guest rooms. The hot springs are open daily for public enjoyment.
Complimentary hot springs access is included with your stay in the resort. Recent renovations include a lovely entrance in the pool lobby, a large accessible change/washroom and large retail shop. The hot springs pool and caves are also open daily for public enjoyment.
Our resort features three odourless pools: 150 foot horseshoe shaped cave, main hot springs and stream-fed cold plunge. Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy the nupika wu’u, or warm mineral waters, much the same as it has for hundreds of years. Our Ktunaxa Grill will enhance your visit with a tantalizing culinary experience.
The Balfour Recreation Commission operates and maintains community use facilities in the Balfour area. The BRC aims to promote healthy living and community spirit while building a network of community resources as a base for future events and community development.
The Balfour Recreation Commission presently provides the following facilities:
Golf Course – http://www.golfbalfour.com
Tennis Courts – by membership or day use
Sportsfield – hourly & daily rental availability
Gazebo & BBQ – hourly & daily rental availability
Fitness Centre – 3, 6 & 12 month meberships
Boat Ramp – free for use. No moorage available
Community Hall – hourly & daily rental availability
If you wish to join a club or use one of these facilities please contact Balfour Golf & recreation at 250-229-5655 for further information.
Bearfoot Beach House located on the north shore at the east end of the west arm of Kootenay Lake, in the heart of Balfour, near the Kootenay Lake ferry terminal. With one hundred feet of soft sandy beach, this 600+ sq. ft. quiet suite is ideal for a golf vacation or a relaxing couples retreat. Featuring two bedrooms, large covered porch, private campfire pit, full size bathroom, bbq, outdoor shower and a great view from the fully equiped kitchen.
A short 30 min scenic drive to either Nelson or Kaslo.
The only grocery store in Balfour
We have a full Grocery Store, a licensed Liquor Agency, a Lotto Agent, Hardware, water bottle filling station, Rug Doctor Cleaners, a fax, a copier and much more!
Home based Artist studio & gallery in Balfour, BC. Featuring original artwork, Art Cards, and a limited selection of Prints. Check website, fb, Instagram or call for hours, as they may fluctuate. Studio Appointments available.
Explore a wild but fragile underground world sculpted by glacier fed waters located in the Selkirk Mountains above Ainsworth Hot Springs and Kootenay Lake in beautiful British Columbia.
Cody Caves Provincial Park was re-established in June of 2013. Since then Cody Cave Tours Owner / Operator Lee Hollis and his professional guiding team have been escorting hundreds of individuals and families through a fascinating journey of this fragile underworld. Cody Cave Tours operates year round offering a variety of tour packages that will appeal to all adventurous types. For children age 5 and up to adults who enjoy a much more strenuous and physical adventure, there is a tour just for you. Reservations are required. Please call or visit our website at codycavetours.com
Carved out of the forested upland above Kootenay Lake, our unique 18-hole layout offers well-maintained fairways and undulating greens to challenge any skill level. Created by Canada’s foremost golf course architect, Les Furber, the Balfour Golf Course boasts a 6,800 yard, 18-hole layout with features you would expect only from a premium-rated golf experience while maintaining its small town feel that is so coveted in the Kootenay region. In addition to our great golf course, we also have a full length driving range (which includes complementary use of clubs for those that are not packing) and a fully licensed restaurant offering up delicious meals at all times of the day!
Breath in mountain fresh air and relax lakefront at The Sentinel, a luxury B&B and Retreat Centre, located a short 50-minute drive from Nelson or 7 minutes from the heart of Kaslo. Established on 5.6 acres, we welcome you to enjoy our expansive terrace, relax on our 800 square foot sundeck, wander through our organic garden or have your coffee in one of our lakeside lounge chairs. You will wake up rejuvenated in one of our lake and mountain view king-sized bedrooms with ensuite bathroom. We hope you take advantage of our kayaks and canoes and head out for a sunset paddle or relax with one of our onsite bodywork services.
Our delicious breakfast will prepare you for your day ahead, whether you are off on an adventure or staying with us for a day spa experience.
All our rooms have lake and mountain view and can accommodate you either in a luxurious king-sized bed or two twin sized beds, immaculately appointed with white linen sheets and fluffy duvets. Ensuite bathrooms with rain shower and heated floors for your comfort.
Kaslo is filled with fun places to eat, but if you prefer to eat with us let us know ahead of time and we can prepare you a gourmet, garden to table meal in-house, lunch and dinner seatings available.
We are experts in the area so if you are looking for an adventure let us book it for you! World-class mountain biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking and more are all within 10 minutes of our door, reach out and let us know what you are interested in and we can create an adventure package that will best suit you.
Conservation services include assessment, restoration and rehabilitation of all architectural woodwork. New construction services range from design to turn key timber homes. Building with nature and utilizing materials with a low environmental footprint,including local FSC certified wood, is a specialty of The Traditional Timber Framing Company. Please contact us if you are looking to transform an existing building or if you are interested in a high performance, long lasting and fully recyclable home like the T-House.
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Stellar Heli Skiing we fly with the powerful A-star helicopter, small groups of four skiers and their guide skiing at your pace. Vast terrain with unlimited alpine and open treeline skiing.
Stunning 2 bedroom suite with walkout waterfront on beautiful Kootenay Lake.
The suite is self contained with a private entrance and well appointed kitchen.
Relax and enjoy the patio’s lake, mountain and garden views, complete with outdoor kitchen and BBQ.
A 25 minute drive from historical Nelson which offers unique shops carrying both quality name brands and local artisan products. While exploring Nelson stop and take a break at one of the many restaurants, coffee shops, or craft breweries this city has to offer.
Conveniently located for both winter and summer outdoor enthusiasts. Minutes away from Kokanee Park for all your hiking, biking, water sports and zipline needs. Two beautiful 18 hole golf courses, plus Ainsworth Hot Springs, and the longest free ferry ride in the world are all nearby. For winter sports we are 45mins away from Whitewater ski hill with some of the best powder in Canada. Also many cross country ski trails for you to choose from in the area.
Or just come sit……..enjoy the private beach, sun and fun.
Wing Creek Resort is a spectacularly beautiful, environmentally conscious waterfront resort that offers ownership opportunities and vacation rentals. This unique 20-acre resort features thoughtfully designed luxury cottages, a beautiful private beach, mountain streams, lush forest, walking trails, an orchard, gardens, a gift shop and the Falling Water Spa.
Only 5 cottages available in Phase 1. Wing Creek Resort offers deluxe one-bedroom cedar cottages with granite counter tops, slate and hardwood floors, stainless appliances, and wood burning fireplaces. Decks overlook breathtaking views. Located on 20 wooded acres, with trails, private beach, orchards, gardens and a sparkling mountain stream. Our spa features relaxation and sports massage, reiki and reflexology. Private, quiet, secluded year round retreat. One hour north of Nelson, 20 minutes north of Ainsworth Hot Springs and just 5 minutes north of Kaslo. Wing Creek Resort is in the heart of an area known for its natural beauty, spectacular vistas, natural hot springs, unparalleled hiking, boating, skiing and many other outdoor activities.
Kootenai Hideaway is a private lakefront cabin accommodation moments north of Kaslo. Queens Bay Hideaway is a private lakefront cottage just 5 minutes north of Balfour.
The completely renovated cabin sleeps 5-6 and has a queen size bed and a double futon couch/bed with an upper bunk in the front view room. There are also two single beds in the loft bedroom. The kitchen is fully equipped along with a BBQ. There is a full bathroom with a shower. There is everything that you will need in the cabin including all bedding, linens and towels. There is ample parking and a RV power plugin on the cabin.The 200′ of private lake frontage consists mainly of small, smooth, flat pebbles that are made to skip on the lakes’ surface forever. The beach has a gradual slope into the lake which makes it safer for children. At the beach there is a fire-pit, hammock, tenting spots, horseshoe pitch or try the productive fishing from shore at the mouth of the creek. The cabin is located near the end of a no-thru road and is well away from the main roadway. You will only hear the wind and water as the other properties are well hidden past the trees. Email or call Darrell and Chloe for more information on the cabin or the Kaslo area and its activities. 250-825-4568 Two Lakeside family vacation solutions for all four Seasons.